Since high school I have worked in public schools in some capacity. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting numerous teachers, staff, and volunteers over the years and have been inspired by their passion and dedication to educating and supporting our children.
I’ve also seen firsthand the struggles and difficulties facing our students, families, and school staff. Students who aren’t reading at grade level struggle to keep up with their classmates; parents struggle to balance the demands of work and family life; staff grow frustrated with the amount of time spent on testing and insufficient support services for students who need them most. Minnesota continues to have a large and stubborn achievement gap which must be addressed in order to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to the opportunities that education can provide.
As your state representative I will work to address these problems by supporting efforts to expand access to early education opportunities, increase funding for school support services and literacy programs, and encourage schools to provide wraparound services to students and families. In higher education, I will push for policies that make college more accessible and affordable for all Minnesota families.